About 1,400 acres of assembled land, including a farm now owned by MSU, is under contract in tiny Eagle Township. Economic developers pitch the land as ‘America’s best megasite’ for energy-heavy projects like semiconductors or EV batteries.
Camping and hiking at state, national, local and metroparks has increased significantly since before the pandemic. Parks are already taking reservations for visitors and job applications for the summer season.
With winter surveys and summer insecticide treatment, Michigan aims to avoid the fate of Eastern states, which lost hemlocks to pests native to Japan. But warming winters are making it harder to stand our ground.
State regulators this week warned anglers to limit their meals of rainbow smelt taken from the two lakes, along with three inland lakes. High PFAS levels had already prompted a smelt consumption advisory in Lake Superior.
Orphan oil wells plague the Midwest, but new federal funds will help plug them. Michigan has around 450 orphan wells in the Lower Peninsula, with large concentrations in Manistee and Benzie counties and along the border of Charlevoix and Otsego counties.
In a harshly-worded letter, a supervisor in the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy wrote that DNR should reject the Camp Grayling expansion unless the National Guard gets serious about cleaning up PFAS at the base.
After 40 years, Democrats assume complete control of Lansing in January and say they want to tackle climate policy. The experience of accepting wind and solar farms in Gratiot County could be a model for the state.
Under the deal, which is awaiting consideration by a federal judge, tribal fishers could use gillnets in more places to cope with declining whitefish populations. Recreational fishing interests argue that could leave fewer fish for them.
The proposal would allow big increases in military aircraft presence over some areas, including training maneuvers as low as 300-500 feet above the ground, drawing the ire of homeowners and environmental groups.
Rock climbing might be a new tool for conserving the public land that bolsters Michigan’s annual $20 billion tourism industry. The sport is gaining traction as outdoor enthusiasts look to experience nature differently, especially after indoor climbing gyms closed during the pandemic.
Using money from our current unexpected surplus to fully fund the State Park Endowment Fund, Michigan can take the burden of maintaining and improving our parks off the backs of hardworking Michiganders, now and into the future
The denial permanently eliminates 800 megawatts of emissions-free power from Michigan’s grid, hindering the state’s efforts to go carbon neutral. But nuclear detractors cheered the move, citing safety fears at the aging plant.
The century-old dams are expensive to maintain, generate little energy and are generally harmful to rivers and native fish. But their reservoirs bring boaters, visitors and lake houses that help support small communities.
Montcalm County voters rejected five renewable energy referendums and recalled several local officials who supported the plans. There is growing opposition to wind and solar farms as Michigan attempts to chart a green energy path.
Though wolf hunting is banned at the federal level, hunting advocates want Michigan to lay the groundwork for a hunt should federal protections end. Wolf advocates say there’s no justification for doing so.